February is Heart Month

By Janice K. Wright (aka JK Wrights 2U), student, Center for Distance Learning

February 2, 2011

American Heart MonthThere are numerous ways individuals can take positive action to diminish their risks associated with heart conditions and strokes. According to the American Heart Association, “Effective patient education can increase a patient’s confidence in making changes to improve and maintain his or her health.” Go to http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ to learn more.

American Heart Month Healthy eating routines can assist with reducing high cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess body weight. These are three of the major causes of heart attack and strokes. Please visit the American Heart Association for more education and information about your heart’s well-being. Smoking, improper diet and nutrition, inadequate physical activity, cholesterol, high blood pressureand stress can impact your health negatively – learn to manage them. Go to The American Heart Association for information.

Other February Facts

  • The purple-colored birthstone, Amethyst, is in the quartz family and symbolizes humor and wit.The ancient Greeks believed it to ward off the strong effects of wine and sharpen the mind and intellect.
  • The birth flower is the Violet and symbolizes faithfulness, humility and chastity.
  • The vegetable is Broccoli and is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals; assisting with health and wellness.
  • On Feb. 28, 1861 the Territory of Colorado was established by Congress. Also on this date in 1915 was the birthday of Sir Peter Brian Medawar. The British medical scientist was co- winner of a 1960 Nobel Prize for his work on skin grafting.

Note: (This article launches a series featuring monthly awareness and facts.)

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